Modern + Contemporary Design /25 March 2007


George Nakashima

Slab coffee table
USA, 1965
American black walnut
80 w × 27 d × 13 h in (203 × 69 × 33 cm)

Highly expressive single-board top with wrap-around free edges. This example features a large rare knot at one edge. Signed and dated to underside: [George Nakashima New Hope June 1965] with client name: [McGowen].

provenance: Private Collection

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $16,800

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George Nakashima 1905–1990

George Nakashima was born in Spokane, Washington in 1905. He attended the University of Washington where he excelled in architecture courses and was awarded a scholarship to study at the Ecole Americaine des Beaux-Arts in Fontainebleau. Nakashima completed his master’s degree from MIT in 1930, and worked for a brief time as a mural painter before losing his job during the depression. Nakashima sold his car, moved to Paris and then to Tokyo in 1934. In Japan, he worked at the architectural firm of Antonin Raymond where he was exposed to the Japanese folk art tradition. In 1937, Nakashima traveled to India to supervise the construction of Golconde, a dormitory for Sri Aurobindo Ashram. 

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